Veter­ans fight­ing can­cer with do­na­tion to LLS

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/Dorchester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_S­tarDem.

KENT IS­LAND — When the na­tion took a mo­ment to honor fallen sol­diers this Me­mo­rial Day week­end, Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 278 con­tin­ued its fight for the com­mu­nity by an­nounc­ing it had do­nated $20,000 to the Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety of the Eastern Shore.

LLS of the Eastern Shore is in its fi­nal week of the 10week 2016 Man and Woman of the Year cam­paign. Ten can­di­dates and their teams each raise money for the Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety blood can­cer re­search, with the ti­tles “Man and Woman of the Year” up for grabs. Ev­ery dol­lar raised counts as one vote, and the ti­tles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of 10 weeks.

Last year’s Eastern Shore cam­paign raised $244,000, and the 2016 goal is to raise $300,000. Can­di­dates range from those with can­cer, peo­ple com­pet­ing in honor of a loved one with can­cer, and peo­ple who just want to help.

Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 278 heard about the cam­paign and wanted to make a gen­eral do­na­tion.

“The mis­sion of the Amer­i­can Le­gion is we take care of our veter­ans, we take care of chil­dren and we take care of our com­mu­nity,” said Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 278 Com­man­der Nikki Ran­dolph. “What LLS strives to do re­ally falls un­der the pil­lars of the Amer­i­can Le­gion.

“In the past sev­eral years, we’ve lost sev­eral of our beloved mem­bers to blood can­cers,” she said. “Ev­ery year, we see where we can do the most help­ful thing for the com­mu­nity. So we choose dif­fer­ent char­i­ties — usu­ally one ma­jor charity, and plus all of the rest of the or­ga­ni­za­tions and char­i­ties we sup­port each year that sur­round our com­mu­nity.”

Ran­dolph said she could not think of a bet­ter pro­gram to sup­port be­cause can­cer can strike any­one.

“Any money that goes to LLS or any can­cer re­search is a day closer to find­ing a cure,” she said. “By sup­port­ing LLS, I feel like we are ful­fill­ing our pil­lars of the Amer­i­can Le­gion be­cause we want to find a cure as well be­cause I’m tired of go­ing to funer­als of peo­ple dy­ing too early be­cause of can­cer.”

The Man and Woman of the Year — Eastern Shore cam­paign for the Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety — is in its fourth year.

Com­pet­ing in this year’s Le­gion Post 278 puts about $200,000 a year back into the com­mu­nity through do­na­tions and ser­vices. She said other causes and events the le­gion sup­ports in­cludes youth fish­ing derby, an­i­mal res­cues, Spe­cial Olympics, Casey Cares, Mary­land De­part­ment of Af­fairs, Queen­stown Emer­gency Room, schol­ar­ships at Salisbury Univer­sity and Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege, youth sports, Wounded War­riors, lo­cal fire de­part­ments, schools, food drives, Perry Point veter­ans, Charlotte Hall veter­ans, Com­pass Hospice, Wreaths Across Amer­ica, Life and Boys Scouts.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 278, visit www.kial­post278. home­stead.com or call 410643-2728.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the cam­paign, can­di­dates and their teams, visit www.mwoy.org/md/lo­calchap­ter/mwoyes/ or find the Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety of the Eastern Shore on Face­book. Re­lay for and Girls

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Gath­ered at Kent Is­land Amer­i­can Le­gion, Post 278, in Stevensville, mem­bers re­mem­bered those who have died in ser­vice to our na­tion, Mon­day, May 30, Me­mo­rial Day.

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